This ultra wide-angle lens, designed exclusively for use with Nikon’s DX-format, provides a versatile wide-angle zoom perspective.
The Nikon 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor Lens is designed for the APS-C sized sensor found on many Nikon cameras, but this lens may be used on certain full-frame models utilizing a special function of the sensor. As it stands, this lens will project an angle of view that is the equivalent of a 15-36mm lens in the FX or full frame 24x36mm format.
The primary user of a lens such as the 10-24mm Zoom-Nikkor will be one who finds standard kit lenses not quite wide enough for their tastes when photographing landscapes or interior views. An added benefit of wide angle optics is their ability to focus extremely close for a unique perspective on macro objects as close as 9.6″ (24cm).
This ultra-wide angle lens incorporates some of the best of Nikon’s technical accomplishments in optical engineering. Each 10-24mm lens is comprised of two extra-low dispersion (ED) lenses with no fewer than three aspherical lens elements. Nikon coats their glass with their own Super Integrated Coating that makes light transmission more efficient.
Focusing is facilitated by a speedy yet muted, AF-S Silent Wave Motor augmented by internal focusing design that eliminates changes in barrel protrusion. Full time manual focusing override is available with a M/A focusing switch.
Two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) Glass Elements
For superior sharpness and color correction by effectively minimizing chromatic aberration.
Three Aspherical Lens Elements
Aspherical lens elements virtually eliminate coma and other types of lens aberration, even when used at the widest aperture.
Internal Focus (IF)
Design allows faster, smoother autofocusing and eliminates changes in lens barrel length for consistent handling.
Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC)
Enhances light transmission efficiency and offers superior color consistency and reduces flare.
This Nikon 10-24mm is the new standard in DX wide zooms. Buy one; I did.
This 10-24mm is now the foundation of the Nikon DX Dream Team. The Nikon DX Dream Team is now this 10-24mm, the 35mm f/1.8, and the 55-200mm VR. These are all anyone needs in DX, although many people buy more.
If your camera autofocuses with it, the Tokina 11-16mm is tougher, faster and has easier-to-correct distortion with a much smaller price, but has a smaller zoom range.
For my D40, this Nikon 10-24mm is the ticket, but for a D300, which is heavier and will autofocus with the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8, I’d get the Tokina.
For your D700, D3 and D3X, the 14-24mm f/2.8 or 17-35mm f/2.8 are still far better choices for FX.
The Nikkor AF-S DX 10-24/3.5-4.5 is a welcome addition to the selection of ultra wide zoom lenses, a modern design with good build quality and fast sonic wave AF. It features impressive resolution figures at most focal lengths and a moderate level of vignetting and CAs. On the downside, barrel distortion is very high at 10 mm and the resolution at the extreme corners is poor wide open at 10 mm and recovers only partially stopped down. This leaves the impression that the zoom range was forced down to 10 mm.
Still a solid performance all in all. And for those looking for an extreme wide angle lens but hesitating to choose a third party option, there’s another Nikon-made solution now, allthough unfortunately not a cheap one.
Compared to its older sister lens (which is even more expensive) the 10-24 offers a wider zoom range, similar build quality and almost the same level of performance in the overlapping range. Given these results, it’s difficult to find arguments not to choose the new lens over the 12-24 DX (which surprisingly is still offered).